Blaen Bran Community Woodland sits just North of Cwmbran; a small town situated near Newport, South Wales. Blaen Bran was named due to it’s location next to the Bran brook which runs through the Cwmbran valley through to the Afon Llwyd river.
There is an old tale that a priest used to live at Blaen Bran when it was previously a farm in the middle ages. The tale is that the priest fell out with Queen Elizabeth and was hanged on the moor. The reason behind why they fell out remains unknown but its speculated that the priest criticised her father King Richard for his many bad deeds.
The moor land is thought to be where the industrial heritage of Cwmbran began. Coal was sold to the tin works in Caerleon in the mid eighteenth century and signs of this can be seen in the woodland!
The woodland is made up spectacular trees, bird songs and stunning views over the Cwmbran valley. Blaen Bran Community Woodland is maintained by volunteers, it’s open to members of the public and it makes a lovely afternoon walk with the dogs! You can find more information about it here.
I had a wonderful stroll through Blaen Bran a few weeks ago! Luna definitely enjoyed herself so I’ve included a couple of photos from our afternoon stroll! The bottom middle photo was taken back in the summer.
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